April 2017 Blog Posts

Hello! Linsey here today and I'm so excited to share my first Simple Stories blog post and project with you! I love to alter almost anything and have been wanting to transform my ordinary cork board into something fabulous! I found the Domestic Bliss collection to be just right for my memo board makeover! The fresh, beautiful patterns mixed with the fun and perfectly quirky elements make for a most delightful experience in creating!

 

 

The main section is for memos, notes and messages and the smaller section is for my weekly dinner menu at a glance. A piece of 12x12 patterned paper was used for the background on the memo section.

 

 

For the meal list/menu, the daily chart is one of the 4x6 Vertical Elements and directly above that is one of the 4x4 Elements detailed with enamel dots and clear and regular stickers.

 

 

 

The Epoxy Metal Clips were securely adhered to regular push pins to create an area where notes can be easily slid onto the clips and displayed.

 

 

A variety of favorite Decorative Brads, Bits & Pieces and Combo Stickers were done in the same fashion as the clips, transforming them into adorable and fun decorative push pins!

 

 

Some blank tabs and bullet elements from the 4x6 Stickers were cut out individually and a small window pouch was created to hold them. Tip: layer a piece of clear plastic over and equal sized piece of patterned paper/cardstock and fold washi tape around the edges to create a visually pleasing window pouch.

 

 

The sides of the memo board were covered with Home Sweet Home Washi Tape. It was super easy to do and really adds to the customized look and feel of the memo board.

 

 

Finally, a couple of the large floral decorative brads were added to the frame as well as a few small chipboard flowers on the frame corners, topped with an enamel dot in each flower center.

 

 

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today and sticking with me throughout my post! I hope you enjoyed my altered memo board and might be inspired to create something with the wonderful Domestic Bliss collection too! Happy crafting!

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Hello everyone! This is Lisa Dickinson and I'm so excited to be sharing my very first projects here on the Simple Stories blog! I've got two pages that feature one of my favorite design elements - circles - and some creative ideas for you to incorporate this dynamic shape into your layouts!

Today I'm working mostly with the Domestic Bliss collection because the spring palette worked well with both my page themes. I love how the colors are soft enough to work for Easter and spring layouts, with a bit of navy thrown in to make it super versatile. On my first page, I create a frame using punched circles - a circle of circles - that frames my grid of photos:

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Each circle is about 2" in diameter and I'm using 12 to complete my frame. ( But you could use smaller or larger circle punches and adjust the number of circles accordingly).  Once I had my circles cut, I treated each one like it's own little canvas and added embellishments, stitching and other elements that add texture and color. 

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On a few of the circles, I added a twine border for a fun dimensional twist. Just add liquid adhesive around the edge of the punched circle and adhere your twine!

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To add stability to the design, I die-cut a large title (this Easter Simple Stories Silhouette Cut File) and placed it at the bottom of the frame. It acts much like a bow on a wreath and gives the frame a focal point.

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For my second design, I used circular photos matted with more circles of cardstock and patterned paper:

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I love the fun and energetic feeling the layered circles give the page! I balanced out all the curves with a linear title (this Simple Stories SIlhouette Cut File) and a block of journaling that's right-justified.

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Continuing with the circle theme, I selected a few circular embellishments to scatter around the design. They add small pops of color and texture that help keep the eye moving through the whole layout.

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 So are you ready to try your hand at running in circles?! I hope you'll be inspired to try one of these ideas in your next Simple Stories creation! Thanks for stopping by today!

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Hi everyone!  This is Traci Penrod, from Artsy Albums, and I'm excited to be joining you for my first post as part of the 2017 creative team!  For those of you who follow my blog, you know I'm crazy about mini albums, so being part of the SN@P! Binder Team is a dream come true for me! Last summer, my husband and I built a new home.  Domestic Bliss was perfect for documenting the story.  I love the colors in this collection, and although pictures of building a home aren't very pretty, the papers and embellishments are so I love the way it turned out!

For my cover, I used the Bless This Mess paper from the new 6x8 paper pad.  I love that these sheets are sized for the 6x8 binder albums!  I also added chipboard stickers and some chunky twine to the cover for a little dimension and texture.  4x6 horizontal element cards are great for covers and titles and the one with the three houses was my inspiration for the entire album!
I used a 4x6 vertical pocket for the first page.  I love adding the different sized photo pockets throughout my album ... I think this, combined with various photo sizes, make for a more interesting album.  Our new address is on the front, and a photo of our floor plan was tucked into the back.  
 
Don't the cute papers and stickers make these ugly new construction photos look better?! 
I always add folding elements in my albums for extra space and interest.  For the page above, I used a 4x6 white card, layered lots of domestic bliss cuteness on the front, and added elevation photos of our home inside. I made a slit in the plastic page and slipped the bottom of the card under the plastic so that it can be opened without taking the page out.
"Get Stuff Done" summed up my summer -- always pushing the builder to get me into the house by the end of September. Our first grandchild was due in October so I needed the house finished :) The card is from the 4x4 element sheet.  
 
See the little banner sticker on the 4x6 green card?  These are from the Carpe Diem sticker tablet.  I used them throughout my album to mark the different rooms of the house.  This one says "Living".

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2x2 photos are so much fun ... just little snippets when the entire picture isn't necessary.  

These photos show a bit of the progression my kitchen went through from framing to cabinets.  It was always so dusty and I couldn't wait for the day when I could clean it up!  The "Bless This Mess" sticker from the Combo sticker sheet was perfect for this page! 

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope I've inspired you to have fun playing with Domestic Bliss to tell your home's story! 

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Howdy friends, Layle back with you again today for the last, but certainly not least!, day of our Spring 2017 Reveal Week!  If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our new Cabin Fever collection here.   You can also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and carpediemplanners for additional chances to win! 

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Today brings not 1 or 2, but FOUR new Simple Sets – pint sized, themed collections packed with a punch.  This release includes Hello Lovely, All American, Old School & Spellbound. 

 

 

 

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But wait, there's more!  With this release we’ve introduced NEW! 12x12 single sided pads including general all purpose patterns, a compilation of Simple Stories floral patterns and 3 recent super popular collections -Love & Adore, Say Cheese III and Faith!   With multiple sheets of each design included in the pads, you can use your favorites and hoard them, too! 

So there you have it, even more amazing new products!  Simple Sets begin shipping to retailers in early May and the 12x12 pads in June!  

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win all 4 Simple Sets before you can buy them?!!  You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

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Second - PIN TO WIN!  Just pin your favorite(s) of the images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories, then leave us a comment on this blog post telling us that we've been pinned and include your Pinterest user name.

Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and watch for posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Wednesday the 3rd, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Thanks again for joining us this week, we look forward to seeing your creations with these wonderful new products!

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Howdy friends, Layle back with you again today for Day 2 of our Spring 2017 Reveal Week!  If you missed us yesterday, you can catch the reveal of our new Summer Days collection here.   Be sure to check back with us again tomorrow for one more day of new products as well as well as a chance to win our new products before you can buy them!  You can also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and carpediemplanners for additional chances to win! 

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Adventure awaits with Cabin Fever, the latest collection from Simple Stories celebrating the great outdoors!   Head out & explore the wide open spaces with classic outdoorsy icons while getting lost in the weathered woods, pretty plaids and forest inspired florals.  With Cabin Fever, you won’t be roughing it when it comes to capturing your outdoor memories & adventures.  

So there you have it, some amazing new products to capture your outdoor adventures!  Cabin Fever begins shipping to retailers in early May!  

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win a Cabin Fever prize pack before you can buy it?!!  You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

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Second - PIN TO WIN!  Just pin your favorite(s) of the Cabin Fever images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories and #CabinFever, then leave us a comment on this blog post telling us that we've been pinned and include your Pinterest user name.

Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and watch for Cabin Fever posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Wednesday the 3rd, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about Cabin Feber!

And remember, today is only Day 2 of three fun filled days, so meet me back here tomorrow morning for Day 3!

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Welcome, welcome, welcome!  Howdy friends, it's Layle with you today; I'm so excited to kick off our Spring 2017 Release Reveal.  We've been busy, busy, busy working on some amazing new products to share with you, and now's the time when we can finally share!  

Today is the first of three full days of our spring reveal, so be sure to check the next 2 days to feast your eyes on our new products, as well as a chance to win them before you can buy them!  You can also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and carpediemplanners for additional chances to win! 

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Celebrate all things summer with Simple Stories' new Summer Days collection!  From frolicking flamingos and perky pineapples to flirty florals in sunlit shades, Summer Days is everything you need to capture your sunny summertime memories.

 

 

So there you have it, some amazing new products to capture your fun summer memories!  Summer Days begins shipping to retailers in early May!  

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win a Summer Days prize pack before you can buy it?!!  You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

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Second - PIN TO WIN!  Just pin your favorite(s) of the Summer Days images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories and #SummerDays, then leave us a comment on this blog post telling us that we've been pinned and include your Pinterest user name.

Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and watch for Summer Days posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Wednesday the 3rd, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about Summer Days!

And remember, today is only Day 1 of three fun filled days, so meet me back here tomorrow morning for Day 2!

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Hi friends, it's Layle!  I'm the Director of Marketing for Simple Stories & I'm back again this Sunday with another installment of our Bible Journaling Sunday Series with guest designer Rachel Lindas.  We've had so much fun seeing her creativity in her bible & had such great feedback from YOU on her process, tips & techniques that we've invited her to stick around for a while and extend the Bible Journaling Sunday Series!  We'll be futuring an in depth blog post from Rachel once per month along with weekly posts on our Instagram and Facebook accounts.  Hooray!!

Today Rachel is back sharing a great lesson on attitude for teens using our #Whatever Simple Set - I think you're going to love it!

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Hi you guys it's Rachel Lindas. It's been awhile since my last guest post for Simple Stories but I'm excited to share something I've been working on. The past blog posts I shared were all using the Simple Stories Faith line.  The faith line makes it very easy to Bible Journaling with since they include bible verses and key words on the designs that help guide you to specific verses in the Bible.

For this post I decided to work with the #whatever Simple Set. I knew the moment they released it that I would want to Bible Journal with it. The colors and patterns are very much my style but since it's not made for Bible Journaling specifically you have to get a bit more creative on how to incorporate it into the Word of God.  



I teach middle school Bible Journaling classes and a very relevant topic of struggle for these teen girls is attitude.  So I researched several verses on attitude to coordinate with the #whatever Simple Set and designed three different layouts for the Middle School class I am teaching.  For the following pages you will need item #2081 6x12 Cardstock Sticker and #2082 Nailed It 12x12 paper.  You will also want to gather some alpha letters, adhesive, scissors, and a highlighter. For one of the pages I did add acrylic paint using a baby wipe to apply it to the page to add color. 

1. Verse : Philippians 2:1-5 

"Check your Attitude" 

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. 

For this layout it was very simple I cut out different paper shapes from the 12x12 paper and layered them and added the square grid sticker to the top. I added the flower stickers and tabbed the top of the page using the grid paper design. 





2. Verse: Acts 8:21-23 

"Repent & Pray" 

Repent of your wickedness and pray to the Lord. 

For this layout I concentrated on using the & sticker and spelled out the word repent and Pray using alpha stickers. Again I circled punched the black and white heart paper from this collection and added the square and heart stickers to the Page as well. Sometimes the simple layouts have a way of being bold and direct in the message you want to remember from studying the verse. 





3. Verse : Proverbs 15:1

"How you Answer Matters" 

A gentle answer deflects anger, 

But harsh words make tempers flare. 

This layout I wanted to highlight the idea that how we respond or answer someone matters. The #whatever stickers have a ton of typical teen Attitude answers and I thought it would be fun to use them as a tool of teaching what not to do. So I used the alpha letters to spell out "How you answer matters" and then used the stickers  like "um... no", "don't even ask", "eye roll", etc.. to showcase maybe some of our not so good tendency. I also took the black WHATEVER sticker to boldly place down the page.  The paint that is the background is Liquitex heavy body acrylic paint and I squeezed some out onto a baby wipe and gently wipe the Bible page with paint. The more you wipe the more the paint comes off. So I typically wipe more over the Word of God so you can still see the words and allow the paint to be thicker and bolder in the margins. 





Hope this helps you think outside of the box in ways to use all of your typical scrapbooking supplies in your Bible too.  Look through your scraps or the new lines that have been released. There are so many options -have fun trying something new.

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Hello everyone! It's Jomelle today and it's my very first blog post here at Simple Stories as part of Carpe Diem Creative Team. I am excited to share with you what I've created in my planner.

When I saw the Say Cheese III collection at CHA in Phoenix, I fell in love with it right away. My family and I are fans of everything and anything Disney. We have Annual Passes at Disneyland, so this collection is perfect for my creative planning, memory planning and documenting our Disney adventures.

I decided to use the Ivory planner to document and plan all our Disney experiences.

 
It was so fun and so easy to stuff and decorate my planner pockets with this collection. I used mostly the bits and pieces. One of the pocket holds the page flags.
 
 
 
As you can see here, I love collecting Disney memorabilia. I keep all our parking tickets and passes. Sometimes I even save the Rider Switch pass and the Fast Pass. 
 

As many of you know, Tower of Terror Ride is being replaced. I saved anything that has to do with this ride.

I used the adhesive square label pockets I got from Target to hold my passes and other things I saved and collected. I just added stickers for decoration.

If you look closely, all the way in the back on the right side, my boys and hubby were "dabbing" in this picture during the Tower of Terror Ride.
 

 

Here is my weekly layout for the first week of April. My family and I went to Hawaii during my boys' Spring Break. We stayed at Aulani. I wanted to document our wonderful Disney experience while we were there in my planner. This was my daughter Juliet's first time in Hawaii.

 

I love using the sticker tablets to embellish my layout.
 

I looked forward to meeting the Disney characters and taking pictures with them.

Here I used 6x8 pad to make a dashboard. I added the picture of Mickey and Minnie kissing that I took while we were at Aulani. I love adding pictures in my planner.
 

 

 

I added the "Happy" tab on the bottom right of the picture so it can be lifted up.
 

 Just lift the tab to see another picture that I added behind the first one.
 

This is what it looks like when the tab is lifted. I added a little note that goes with the picture.
 

 I wanted to document the first time we went to Disneyland when we bought our Annual Passes. It was also my daughter Juliet's first time at Disneyland. My daughter is 15 months old.
 

I printed all my pictures using the HP Sprocket. The pictures are perfect size for my A5 planner.
 

I used the bookmark tablet to list our Favorites at Disneyland.
 

I decorated my Doc it Journal and I placed it at the very back of my A5 planner. I can use this to jot things down or if I want to write a journal. I can also add pictures there as well.
 

Here is my Monthly layout for the Month of May.
 

Planning Starts Now! I used the Bookmark Tablet to make my list to plan our Spring Break Next Year. I love making list to check off when they are completed.
 

 

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoy reading my blog as much as I enjoyed creating this project. Have a nice day.

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